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Vegas Will Be Tough, Warns Fiji 7s Coach

"During the last leg, the Fijians were rated 11th out of the 16 par­ticipating teams, in terms of expe­rience."
22 Feb 2019 16:33
Vegas Will Be Tough, Warns Fiji 7s Coach
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s extended squad pray before training at Albert Park, Suva. The 13-players for the USA leave today for Las Vegas. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The young Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team are in for a tough time in the USA 7s in Las Ve­gas next weekend, says head coach Gareth Baber.

During the last leg, the Fijians were rated 11th out of the 16 par­ticipating teams, in terms of expe­rience.

Fiji last won in Las Vegas in 2016 but Baber believes our ability to keep the opposition guessing has been our strength so far.

“It’s obviously tough and every team have their own way of playing like USA, Canada, England, Aus­tralia and New Zealand,” he said.

“So teams will analyse exactly the same way but the beauty of the way we play the game is that it’s always difficult to analyse.

“The team know that once we have possession we are always dif­ficult to stop.

“I suppose the biggest thing they would look at is how they can out­score us.”

Baber said we have showed that we could score tries by connecting a few passes together and it can happen anywhere in the field.

He also highlighted that there are lots of emotions attached to the 7s game.

“I try to get objective as possibly as I can. So based on the quality of players representing the white jer­sey it is my job as a professional to manage that emotion by being ob­jective in order to guide the players away from that pressure.

“That is why we are obviously very protective of them because we know as young men their heads can be turned quite easily from the number of distractions that exist around them.

“I’m constantly on them finding what they do it for and reminding them what they do and who they do it for.”

The win in Las Vegas will set the tone for the title race, as the Fijians are in third spot with 72 points be­hind leaders New Zealand (76), and USA.

Fiji are top seeds in Pool D along­side Australia, Wales and Scotland.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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